Under the picnic table: The home of a female 14 year old Golden Retriever who lived isolated in this backyard around the corner from me twenty four hours a day.
The water container was filled with algae.
Although this was provided, it was not insulated and the Golden preferred to live under the picnic table. She was fed but otherwise received no protection from fleas and had developed a miserable skin condition. Fortunately, the owner's friend talked him into giving her to me, and I give both individuals enormous credit for that. After a bath, and a visit to the vet she was given a clean bill of health all things considered and placed in a loving, attentive, warm home with another Golden Retriever who follows her around like she is his mother. The owner paid for her medical treatment.
Here she is, content and safe and loved and beautiful.
Unfortunately, I have another neighbor nearby who for the most part, until I intervened, kept this young boy in this cage for the better part of 23 hours a day.
He lived outside in this open carport with this beautiful Yellow Lab, also 14 years old, also for the better part of 24 hours a day. She has lived like this for years. Her only additional shelter was the open, uninsulated laundry room behind her.
I originally offered temporary help in the form of a 10 by 10 foot kennel for the younger, male dog and this was accepted but after seeing the long-term lack of medical care of the Yellow Lab due to severe flea allergies I offered to both pay for her medical care and to take her into my home but all efforts were refused. The owner claims to love both animals despite the obvious neglect of medical care and basic attention. Over time I have come to know other neighbors have complained to the owner through out the years of their concerns as well. In the end, the owner was forced to provide one-time medical attention due to Animal Control intervention. Sadly, she had not received any medical care since 2006. The younger dog originally belonged to the owner's adult son, a business owner here on Saint Simons Island, who, by omission, is as guilty of animal neglect as his mother. He has been shown these photographs.
The profits from Bella Rustica Market have provided this Yellow Lab with additional shelter in the form of an insulated kennel/pad and fresh cedar. I have made subsequent offers to take both dogs and keep them until I could place them in homes equal to mine, if not mine, but the owner has refused. After sharing these photographs with her, she has simply moved the Yellow Lab out of the open carport to an even less sheltered side yard. She at least has the kennel I provided.
Please leave a polite comment here for the owner asking her to re-consider allowing both dogs the care and dignity they deserve as I will guarantee their care.